Around the South for Oct. 19: FL, OK & MS


Florida: Republicans out raise Democrats. In hurricane-marred September, the GOPers running for governor raised $2.6 million to the Democrats $530,000. For the GOP, Ag Comr Adam Putnam, the top fundraiser, began October with nearly $14 million; state Senator Jack Latvala had $4.6 million; House Speaker Richard Corcoran had $3.9 million; and a committee for unannounced likely contender US Rep. Ron DeSantis had $1.6 million. For the Democrats, ex-US Rep. Gwen Graham had $2.5 million on hand and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a potential contender, had $4.6 million; businessman Chris King raised $148,000 in September, while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum raised $78,000 ……. Oklahoma: Salary cut for lawmakers? Faced with a legislative stalemate over balancing the state budget, the Legislative Compensation Board is considering reducing the salaries of state lawmakers. The Board has discussed the issue, but will not make a decision until January ……. Mississippi: Jackson school changes its name. A predominantly black elementary school in Jackson decided to change its name honoring Jefferson Davis to Barack Obama Magnet 1B, reported the Clarion-Ledger …….